Totally Inclined to Decline, Acrylic on paper, 2011
Bio Elizabeth Medrano is a mixed-media sculptor and painter living and working in San Francisco. Subsequent to her Quaker high school experience, she attended the University of Southern Maine, Tyler School of Art and graduated with a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts). Following a trip to her paternal family in Bogota, Colombia, she moved to San Francisco and earned her MFA at California State University, SF, as a Distinguished Graduate in Sculpture. She received several grants from the California Arts Commission as an Artist-in-Residence in schools and organizations, awarded a residency at Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony, and was a lecturer at SFSU for a few years. She has shown her work throughout the Bay Area in such places as the Richmond Art Center, Falkirk Center, Thoreau Center for the Arts, Cerro Coso Community College, Chabot College, the Jewish Museum of SF, De Saisset Museum in Santa Clara. Elizabeth maintains a studio in San Francisco. She currently is employed in SFUSD in the Visual and Performing Art Department, and teaches art and tutors privately.
Exhibition Record Education Masters’ in Special Education, San Francisco State University Masters’ of Fine Arts; SFSU, Distinguished Graduate Award Bachelors’ of Fine Arts, w/ Honors, Philadelphia College of Art, PA
Selected Group Exhibitions 2016 BridgemeakerArts Gallery, Richmond, CA. "What Becomes Home," An installation by the group G.L.U.E. - "Here," an exhibition celebrating place and process in an unconventional setting in the Outer Sunset, SF, CA 2015 -ArtSlant "Showcase Winner" 2015 -SF Public Library (Main and Potrero Annual), SF, CA 2014 -Marin Annual Juried Artist Exhibition, Ross, CA -SF Public Library Annual, SF, CA (13 African American Women to Remember) 2014 -ArtSlant "Showcase Winner" 2013 -SF Public Library Annual, SF, CA 2012 -Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA 2011 -Thoreau Gallery, SF 2010 -Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA 2009 -Sanchez Gallery, Pacifica, CA 2004 -Visual Aid’s The Big Deal, SF, CA2002 2002 -Visual Aid’s The Big Deal, SF, CA 1998 -The California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa Small Works Annual 1997 -The Jewish Museum of San Francisco, CA “L’Chaim,” A Kiddush Cup Invitational Visual Aid’s The Big Deal, SF, CA 1996 -Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Authentic Allies;” Artists working with Children-SF Ed Project A Collaborative Project with Speakers from Project Zero; Harvard, Mass. 1995 -Space 743, San Francisco, CA Artists' Books Richmond Art Center Faculty Exhibition, Richmond CA 1994-Space 743, San Francisco, CA Artists' Books ll 1991 -Topher Delaney Showroom-South Park -San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; San Francisco, CA -American Institute of Architects; San Francisco, CA 1990 -De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA Drawing Annual -One Market Plaza, San Francisco, CA Artist Funiture, "Fishbench" -Limn Gallery: Life Support: Artists’ Furniture 1989 -California College of Arts and Crafts; San Francisco, CA -Matrix Gallery, Three Person Show; Sacramento, CA -California Museum of Art; Santa Rosa, CA -Southern Exposure Gallery; San Francisco, CA -SITE Gallery; "Shrines;" and "Beasts; " Culver City, CA 1988 - Gallery 44; "Works in Wood," Oakland, CA 1986 -Fiberworks Gallery; Berkeley, CA -Academy of Arts and Sciences; Poughkeepsie, NY -Civic Center; "Hayward Forum of the Arts: 24th Annual," Best of Show Award, 1st Place Sculpture, Hayward, CA
Some Solo Exhibitions 1997 -Space 743, San Francisco, CA Leaving Myopia (Two Solo Shows) 1993 -Clay Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA Blood and Thunder Trilogy, Part Two Paintings, Sculpture, Shadow Puppets and Interactive Performances 1992 -Chabot College, Hayward, CA 1992 -Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA 1991 -Clay Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA Blood and Thunder Trilogy: The Paintings, Part One 1988 -Nexus Gallery; Berkeley, CA 1987 -Sun Gallery; "Unspecified Sights," Hayward, CA 1986 -The Little Theatre; "Forty Trees...," San Francisco State University, SF, CA